Hike a section of the famous Appalachian National Scenic Trail (or A.T.) on top of Max Patch Mountain near Hot Springs. This 4,600-ft. bald mountain was cleared and used as pasture in the 1800s. Today, it's a 350-acre tract of open land on a high knob with 360-degree views. It's one of the most spectacular settings you'll experience in the Blue Ridge.
I climbed the rough trail to the bald, or open area, of Max Patch. If you've heard of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) then maybe you've been there. Deep in the Pisgah National Forest, it's a pretty easy climb to the bald - and there you'll find a spectacular 360 degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Black Mountains and the flatland of eastern Tennessee.
Indeed, it feels like you're touching the sky; the clouds; even the air. I watched storms move across the valleys and hollows, constantly wondering if they were about to turn our way and cause a rapid descent. On any given day, there might be a number of other hikers there, but the atmosphere is respectful and peaceful. It's lovely to just lay on your back in the grass and watch the world move.
Raw cotton canvas experimental. Magical mixes of acrylics and, well, magic - combined to allow for freedom and flowing and beautiful transitions. Channelling Helen Frankenthaler at the moment, but soon to expand the program.
SOLD: "Manifesto, The Hidden Earth" sold yesterday to a collector in Washington, DC. So grateful to them for appreciating a work that speaks to the earth. For additional original works: https://www.catherinetwomey.com/available/
There is so much life going on at the beach. I’m surrounded by sun bathers, dune buggies, bicyclists and hikers. Everyone is happy, including me. This mixed media painting is 12X12” on archival board.
There is something so satisfying about working with someone who has commissioned your work. The gift of having their trust to complete a vision is priceless. This work began with a trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Grandfather Mountain area. I hiked extensively, capturing reference photos and a good sense of what the mountain was about. Just this morning, the commissioner commented:
It’s beautiful and we love it! It’s going to look great in our living room.
Thank you so much.
Grateful, thrilled and touched by the whole process.